July 10, 2015

2016 is when the 21st century gets awesome with Japan vs USA with 15 foot tall humanoid fighting robots

MegaBots uses cutting-edge robotics technology to create the giant piloted fighting robots of science fiction, videogames and movies. These robots fight in epic-scale arena combat the likes of which the world has never seen before.

MegaBots are 15-foot-tall, internally piloted humanoid robots that fire cannonball-sized paintballs at each other at speeds of over 120 miles per hour. As the robots battle, armor panels crack and break off, smoke and sparks pour out of the robots, limbs eventually fall off, and robots fall to the ground until only one is left standing.

The giant robots from science fiction are coming.

They built an upper body prototype of a MegaBot, a missile turret adversary, and a walking simulation of a to-scale robot by building off of Andreas Hofmann's Ph.D. thesis. They are currently developing a new, tracked version of a MegaBot in partnership with Autodesk in time for Maker Faire Bay Area 2015. Soon, they will be designing full-scale walking robots that can compete in arena combat.

Japan’s Suidobashi Heavy Industries has accepted Megabot's challenge. The Japan vs US giant robot fight is on. They have to work out the ground rules, and figure out how to not die. Giant fighting robots will be piloted by teams of two – a driver and a gunner, who use massive paintballs to knock off the armor of opponents.

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